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Databases A-Z


Academic Search Premier Help

from EBSCOhost
Arts, humanities, science, social sciences, business, and technology journals, some with full text, and other electronic resources from 1887 to the present. *Online access to Consumer Reports from 1991 to the present.

Alt Health Watch

from EBSCOhost
Full text articles on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

American and English Full Text Literature Collection

Select a text that inspires you, compare its language to similar works, learn about its author, or find out how it influenced other writers and read what they've said about it.

Ancestry Library Edition Help

Contains thousands of genealogical databases including census and military records, birth and marriage records, immigration information, and more, with dozens of databases added annually.


Comprehensive coverage of residential and business listings. Research real estate, holding and investment companies, business services, etc.

Biography Reference Bank Help

From EBSCOhost
Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals - both living and deceased, as well as the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books.


Exercise your memory, attention, and more! As with physical exercise, brain exercise can help you test your brain and improve your performance in order to feel your best. BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence, and Navigation. Access brain training on most internet-connected devices and at the right level for you and your busy life. Start today!

Business Source Premier Help

from EBSCOhost
Provides business researchers with highly-refined tools they need in order to conduct sophisticated searches for business content.


Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. One stop for automotive upkeep from simple maintenance to basic and advanced repairs for most automobile makes and models since the 1960s (a few back to the 1940s).

Computer Source

from EBSCOhost
Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Consumer Health Complete

from EBSCOhost
Consumer Health Complete has full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition - coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books, read articles on health and fitness, and find sources for alternative health information.

Consumer Reports

Features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services.

Dayton Daily News Archives Help

from ProQuest Super Newsstand
Archive of full text Dayton Daily News articles from 1993 to present.

Ohio-specific study exams to prepare for your driving exams. Includes 11 car practice tests, 8 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

EBSCOhost Databases

Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from EBSCOhost. Select a single database for searching or search multiple resources at once.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is organized so that students can find information quickly and easily. It includes more than 2,200 articles, 250 maps, 1,500 illustrations, and bilingual navigation.

Explora Primary Schools

From EBSCOhost
Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework.

Explora Public Libraries

From EBSCOhost
Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories.

Explora Secondary Schools

From EBSCOhost
Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.

Facts On File Science Online Help

A comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats.

Fold3: History and Genealogy Archives

Find and share historic documents, with digitized images in the fields of African American, Native American, and Revolutionary War histories, and more.
You may get a security certificate message while logging into to Fold3. It is safe to proceed. For additional questions, contact the Library at 433-8091 ext. 2 or

Gale Directory Library

GDL provides valuable directory information, such as Ward's Business Directory or Encyclopedia of Associations, accessible digitally anytime, anywhere. Get immediate access to vetted sources, find relevant results quickly, and make informed decisions - all of which can add up to a competitive advantage. Find revenue, compare companies by industry or location, sort by any field, export data for further analysis...the options are endless!

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Reference eBooks
Instantly access reference eBooks on many subjects. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7!

Global Road Warrior

from World Trade Press
Provides cultural and travel information on over 175 countries. Perfect for students’ research assignments or international travelers looking to learn about their next destination. Feature overview: Historical timelines for research assignments, articles & photos on the typical lifestyle in each respective culture, and recipes of a culture’s most popular dishes! Includes information on popular destinations along with practical guides for transportation & travel essentials for each country

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

from EBSCOhost
This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to more than 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times and many others. While covering a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases, users have access to Clinical Reference Systems reports, in both English and Spanish, and Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary.

Job & Career Accelerator

Provides resources to boost basic workplace and job search skills, and prepare job seekers for advanced occupational training. This interactive, self-paced learning approach allows job seekers to learn at their convenience. The intuitive platform provides the backbone students and all job seekers need to succeed in the modern workplace.


A one-of-a-kind job coaching service designed to help you land the job of your dreams! With support for every stage of the job search, you will feel ready for the interview. Starting at the beginning, try resources that will help match your interests and experiences to a career with eParachute. Get assistance with resume building with resume templates and OptimalResume, complete with video mock interviews. Best of all, LIVE Career Tutors are available every day from 2p.m. to 11p.m.

Kids InfoBits

from Gale
Great for homework research for young learners. Easy-to-use and features searchable content including books, magazines, news, and more than 13,000 images.

L 'Encyclopédie Découvertes

World Book's content translated into French. Written at a reading level appropriate for young native speakers and readers of French, as well as adults for whom French is a second language.

LearningExpress Library

A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.

Legal Forms

Access thousands of business, personal, real estate, state specific, federal, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Literary Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
With full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works, LRC contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest.

Literature Resource Center Help

Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods from around the world.

A LinkedIn Company
A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With over 4,500 courses to choose from, create a profile to keep track of your successes and tailor the course listings to your skill set. Mobile browsing is available for on-the-go learning!
Chrome browser is recommended.

Masterfile Premier

from EBSCOhost
Read full text articles from popular magazines. Find out about another country or culture. Search for solutions to that question you can't quite answer.


Morningstar provides data on investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data.

MyHeritage - World Vital Records

A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and world collections.


A non-profit consumer health website that has been in operation for more than 10 years. Over 100 health topics with in-depth information on hundreds of diseases and wellness issues.

New York Times

Search comprehensive coverage of this renowned newspaper here. Also included are the Book Review and Sunday Magazine. Articles from 1923-1980 are available with an in-library login. Ask at the reference desk.

Newspaper Source

from EBSCOhost
Presents full text for 28 national and international newspapers. Also has selected full text for more than 260 regional newspapers, with some full text national television & radio transcripts.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Elementary and Middle School students can find fiction and nonfiction titles for school projects and for fun! Enter the title of your favorite book and click on "Find Similar Books". You can also search by your favorite author, title or series.

NoveList Plus Help

A great stop to finding that next great read, with both fiction and nonfiction titles!

Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)

Index of death certificates in Ohio from 1913-1944. Use the index information to help obtain a copy of particular death certificates. Easily save, e-mail, purchase or print an order form online.

Ohio History Central

From the Ohio Historical Connection, find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio's history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

Ohio History Connection

Search within the State Archives of Ohio Collection. Full text resources include African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, Civil War, Military Rosters, and more.

Ohio History Journal

Ohio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly. For more than one hundred years, the journal has published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics spanning the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of our region.

Ohio Memory

Established in 2000, Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, with digital collections from over 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Historical treasures of Ohio such as manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, and video are all available for the global community.

Points of View Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint argument. Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.

PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles

Do you need your own personal, instant "Antiques Road Show"? With more than 60 million images, 127 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

ProQuest Newsstand with Gannett

Exclusive access to 85 full-text newspapers from the world-leading news, including Dayton Daily News from 1993 to current, and Wall Street Journal from 1984 to present. Research all over the country!

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

from EBSCOhost
A comprehensive database providing full text publications, including peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.

Regional Business News

from EBSCOhost
Provides full text for more than 50 regional business publications, 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Salem Press

Search WCPL's collection of Salem Press titles on literature and history.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1882 to 1967.

Science Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Topics include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Offers ready access to Standard & Poor's premium content such as industry surveys, stock reports and fund reports. is one of the first statistic portals in the world to integrate data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Great for business owners, students, and curious people alike!


from EBSCOhost
Current events resource lets researchers explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.

Transparent Language Online (TLO)

A powerful online language learning system that builds all four core skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With 100+ languages to choose from and English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages, there is something for every language learner. Mobile apps are available for language learning on the go!
*Users are required to create an online account. If you are under the age of 13, a parent or guardian should open this account.

Value Line

A comprehensive source of information and advice that offers reports, stock lookup, timeliness ranking, portfolios and more.

World Book Academic

Tailored to the needs of college level students, Academic World Book includes research tools, including citation builder, dictionary, atlas, and timelines to help users compile the data and information they need to complete their assignments and research projects. Academic World Book is a comprehensive reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, eBook, and primary source databases integrated in a single search.

World Book Advanced

Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up, World Book Advanced integrated primary and secondary source databases in a single search.

World Book Info Finder

World Book Online Info Finder is perfect for patrons in elementary and middle school coming to the library for help with their homework and research projects. It includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

World Book Kids

A perfect companion for a curious kid! A great place to browse, play and make discoveries! Easy to use navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of pictures and fun activities.

World Book Online Reference Center

The World Book Online Reference Center includes all the articles from the 22-volume print set, plus thousands more.

World Book Student

Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. World Book Student is also optimized for tablets for the ultimate mobile research experience.


Lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

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Explora Secondary Schools

Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework. Get a simple search that quickly delivers relevant results for adults and students alike!